Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Ellsworth

November 18, 2015

Winter is inevitably near in Ellsworth, and with it always comes cold temperatures that could leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other tips available out there that you may be using that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that fades when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult.
  • Wearing only a hat will cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of uncovered skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat quicker.

So now that you have learned about a couple misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize the importance of something as basic as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a great impression on your day-to-day comfort. Give Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC a call at 715-318-6728 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Ellsworth.